Played a game of Commander on MODO last night with @mtgsalivanth and two strangers, Alfgorn and cbarge who were nonetheless swell guys. Generals and turn order were as follows:
plarp – Intet, the Dreamer
cbarge – Savra, Queen of the Golgari
Salivanth – Sedris, the Traitor King
Alfgorn – Kodama of the North Tree
cbatrge was eliminated first as he was going off with Endrek Sahr and Savra which upset the table, especially Alfgorn. Salivanth played Vicious Shadows which spelled the end for cbarge’s sacrifice-laden deck, and Salivanth looked to be cruising to victory on the back of his gamebreaking enchantment as none of us could find removal for it.
On turn 12, Salivanth cast Plague Wind, leaving him with Vicious Shadows, Sphinx of Lost Truths, Kiku, Night’s Whisper and 31 life to the empty boards of Alfgorn on 17 and I on 13. Alfgorn resummoned his general and I played Spellbound Dragon with two cards in hand. The following turn, Salivanth tried to seal the game with Artisan of Kozilek – but I had Gather Specimens, that had been in my opening hand, for the steal! Alfgorn played Sosuke and attacked Salivanth to 25.
On my turn 14 I had Artisan of Kozilek, Spellbound Dragon and Jace Beleren. I drew Roil Elemental, but I had no land. Using Jace I drew Akroma the Red, then I remembered my Petrified Field! I returned Terramorphic to my hand, played, Roil Elemental, played Terramorphic and stole both of the tapped out Salivanth’s creatures. On the attack I drew Lightning Greaves and discarded Akroma to attack Salivanth for 21… until a Ferocious Charge from Alfgorn sealed the deal, Salivanth goes to exactly zero!
I played and equipped the Lightning Greaves and Alfgorn made a Saproling on my end step. On his turn he enchanted it with Blanchwood Armor, making it an 11/11! I was forced to chump block with Roil Elemental, going to 4 vs Alfgorn’s 18 and needing to win this turn. I untapped and drew Mordant Dragon, cast it, equipped Greaves. 8 power of dragons ready to swing. I needed a 10 cost card for Spellbound Dragon. Drawing off Jace gave me Mulldrifter, and I used the Mind Spring in my hand to draw 5 cards including Lavaball Trap, but it wasn’t enough. If I had 1 more mana I could have played the Punishing Fire in my hand for the win, but Alfgorn wins on 2 life.
Commander is a fantastically fun format when you get some good friendly players together, and I highly recommend trying it out. I built my Intet deck for under 20 tickets just using cards I liked and it is a barrel of laughs.